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FAQ Topic: Real Estate and Personal Property

What is Proposition 2 1/2?

One of the most misunderstood concepts of municipal taxation is the meaning of Proposition 2 ½.  This legislative initiative was enacted in 1980 to limit the increases of property taxes in Massachusetts.  Proposition 2 ½ has performed its tax limiting function since then in the following manner. 1)      A community cannot raise more than 2 ½ … Continued

How is the value of my home determined?

Determining Values Assessors are required to determine values in accordance with Mass Appraisal Methods.  A market analysis is conducted each year using property sales data from the 12-24 months prior to the assessment date for the given fiscal year.  It is important to note that the Assessors must value property as of the January 1st which … Continued

What is an Abatement?

Explanation of Abatement: Reduction in Taxes An abatement is a reduction is the tax assessed on your property for the fiscal year.  You may apply for an abatement if you believe your property is: Overvalued, Disproportionately Assessed, Classified Incorrectly or Partially or Fully Exempt. If a taxpayer does not agree with the assessed valuation of … Continued

How do I request a municipal lien certificate?

You may obtain a municipal lien certificate (MLC) by visiting the Office of the Treasurer/ Tax Collector during normal business hours or by mailing your request (see attached request form) along with the $50 fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to “Treasurer/Tax Collector”, Danvers Town Hall, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Municipal Lien Certificate Request … Continued

How do I pay my personal property taxes?

You can pay taxes in person by visiting the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of Town Hall; by mailing payment to the Treasurer’s Office, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or online.

How do I pay my property taxes?

You can pay taxes in person by visiting the Treasurer’s office on the first floor of Town Hall; by mailing payment to the Treasurer’s Office, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or online.

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